The voters of Washington State have joined Colorado in legalizing marijuana. The Seattle Times is projecting that Initiative 502 will win approval in the state. With 50 percent reporting, the initiative leads 55.5 percent Yes to 44.5 percent No.
Initiative 502 will make it legal under state law for adults age 21 and over to have up to an ounce of marijuana. It would also create a system to tax and regulate the commercial sale of marijuana. According to the State Office of Financial Management, the new excise tax on marijuana could generate roughly half a billion dollars of new revenue annually for the state.
Having two states legalize marijuana this year is a huge victory for the marijuana reform movement. It shows in the clearest way possible that large segments of the America electorate believe marijuana prohibition is a wasteful and damaging policy that must end.
This is truly a historic night.